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3 Field Engineer Regiment - (3 members)

3 Field Engineer Regiment was established on 1 Jul 1926 as 1, 2, and 3 Field Companies. 3 Field Company saw service in North Africa and participoated in the Battle of El Alamein. Re-established as 3rd Field Squadron in 1946, and in 1975, together with the 1st and 2nd Field and 8th Field Park Squadrons, it formed part of 2 Field Engineer Regiment. 3 Field Squadron itself saw service as a Citizen Force engineer unit of 71 Motorised Brigade, in 1975, during Operation Savannah, and did regular 3-month border duties up to 1988. It received regimental status in 1980 and national colours in 1991. The new regimental emblem was approved in 1984. In 1992, 3 Field Engineer Regiment became part of 9 SA Division. (* The original 3 Field Squadron flash as depicted was probably never actually worn)


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3rd Field Squadron* - (3 members)

3 Field Engineer Regiment was established on 1 Jul 1926 as 1, 2, and 3 Field Companies. 3 Field Company saw service in North Africa and participoated in the Battle of El Alamein. Re-established as 3rd Field Squadron in 1946, and in 1975, together with the 1st and 2nd Field and 8th Field Park Squadrons, it formed part of 2 Field Engineer Regiment. 3 Field Squadron itself saw service as a Citizen Force engineer unit of 71 Motorised Brigade, in 1975, during Operation Savannah, and did regular 3-month border duties up to 1988. It received regimental status in 1980 and national colours in 1991. The new regimental emblem was approved in 1984. In 1992, 3 Field Engineer Regiment became part of 9 SA Division. (* The original 3 Field Squadron flash as depicted was probably never actually worn)


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5208Posted by

Tony Vermeulen
on 16 February

RE: 3 Field Engineer Regiment

3 Field Engineer Regiment is the oldest engineer regiment in South Africa, having been established in 1926 as three engineer companies (1, 2, and 3 Field Companies). In 1940, 3 Field was mobilized for World War II and the Company saw service in North Africa where it participated in the desert campaign and the Battle of El Alamein. In 1946 the Unit was re-established as the 3rd Field Squadron and, along with 1st Field Squadron from Durban, 2nd Field Squadron from Port Elizabeth, and 8th Field Park Squadron from Cape Town, formed 2 Field Engineer Regiment.

In December 1975, 3 Field Squadron was mobilized for service in Angola during Ops Savannah. From then the Unit saw regular 3-month stints of duty on the border until the withdrawal from the then South West Africa in 1988.

The Unit received regimental status in 1980 and national colours in 1991.

In the years since the democratization of South Africa, the Unit has only maintained a small leader group, mainly due to financial restrictions. The small, dedicated leader group of approximately 15 members meets regularly every second Monday night in our temporary home in the Castle in Cape Town for training and also participates in the annual Exercise Bailey at the end of every year.

2006, was an extraordinary year for 3 Field since our Unit turned 80 years old. We celebrated this momentous occasion in grand style by coinciding the birthday celebrations with the inauguration of our beautifully refurbished hangar in the recently established Fort iKapa Military Base in Akasia Park, Cape Town. We also held a “handing-over-of-command” and a medal parade at the same time. Equally good news for us is a mandate from the SA Army Engineer Formation that we may
recruit new members into our Unit this year. Early indications are that this initiative will be very successful and more than 40 applications have already been received and candidates interviewed.

The members of 3 Field are proud to serve the SANDF, and especially to be part of the SA Army Engineer Formation and the Fort iKapa community.
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